Enjoy millions of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more, with a free trial

Only $11.99/month after trial. Cancel anytime.

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women
Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women
Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women
Audiobook16 hours

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5/5

()

About this audiobook

Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution.

Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world.

In late eighteenth-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise—upending a world order that has long oppressed them.

Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself—but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women's march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king's pious sister Princess Elisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head.

But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution's ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France's blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive—unless unlikely heroine and courtesan's daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France's fate: the fearsome Robespierre.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateOct 1, 2019
ISBN9780062960399
Author

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of Southern California, she attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network, The Huntress, and The Rose Code. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in California with three black rescue dogs.

More audiobooks from Kate Quinn

Related to Ribbons of Scarlet

Related audiobooks

Related articles

Reviews for Ribbons of Scarlet

Rating: 4.271186440677966 out of 5 stars
4.5/5

118 ratings17 reviews

What did you think?

Tap to rate

Review must be at least 10 words

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Great stories! Creepy, exiting, sad, all in one. Very interesting to hear the stories from these different women. What a terrible time to live in. Educational to listen to.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    So much I didn’t understand before. Thoroughly enjoyable and interesting book.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Florid narrating, terrible accents, & narrative like a sledgehammer. Couldn’t wait for it to over.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Fantastic! This book went straight for my soul. I will buying a copy for my library.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Just when I think I know most of the historical figures who took part in the French Revolution, there's a novel like that casts light on another, or this case, on six. I was happy to encounter women I hadn't known of previously and women whose perspective I had rarely encountered in accounts of the French Revolution. I found the novel overall compelling and would highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The French